Kicking stereotypes one qualification at a time

Andronicca Mogale, Kgothatso Makgai and Morole Thete are proud female soccer coaches.

POLOKWANE – Having recently acquired their D Coaching License, Andronica Mogale, Kgothatso Makgai and Morole Thete, from Polokwane, say they are happy to now be qualified soccer coaches as they love the sport and have a passion for it.

Mogale said that although being a female in the industry is challenging, she enjoys the tasks as soccer has always been her passion.

“Being a female coach is not easy but if you have a passion for it, I am certain that one can succeed in the profession, male or female it should not matter. I mean, the stigma and stereotyping towards female soccer players and more especially women who are soccer coaches needs to stop, and it must start right on the field, then into our communities. We have proven that women are capable of anything they put their minds to by acquiring the D Coaching licenses,’’ she explained.

The D Coaching License was hosted by SAFA for five days at the Peter Mokaba Rugby stadium last month where aspiring coaches, male and females gathered to learn the basics of soccer coaching. On the final day, a soccer festival was hosted where they invited young soccer players to put to practice what they had been taught.

Amongst the attendees of the seminar were Abel Rakoma (President of SAFA in the Capricorn district) who applauded the coaches for their outstanding job on planning the grassroot soccer festival. He encouraged them to take what they have learnt and teach the people in their communities about soccer and try to encourage other women who may want to follow in the same career path.

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Thabitha Mahlangu

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